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2014 NHRA: Gatornationals JFR Stat Package
Posted by: newsla on Mar 13, 2014 - 06:20 AM
2014 NHRA: Gatornationals JFR Stat Package

2014 Season-to-Date

Car Castrol EDGE Top Fuel dragster Castrol GTX HIGH MILEAGE Ford
Crew Chief(s) Todd Smith (Dean Antonelli) Jimmy Prock (Danny DeGennaro)
Residence Yorba Linda, California Yorba Linda, California
Date of Birth July 8, 1986 May 4, 1949


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Car Auto Club of Southern California Ford Traxxas Ford
Crew Chief(s) Mike Neff (Jon Shaffer) Ron Douglas (Daniel Hood)
Residence Yorba Linda, California Yorba Linda, California
Date of Birth August 20, 1969 June 20, 1988

Brittany Force Robert Hight John Force Courtney Force
Q-F-Pos-Perf. Q-F-Pos-Perf. Q-F-Pos-Perf. Q-F-Pos-Perf.

8-11-11-3.778/326.24 2-5-5-3.986/319.67 1-1-1-3.965/324.12 7-12-12-4.046/320.84
10-2-T5-3.794/322.58 3-2-2-4.030/316.08 1-3-1-3.990/317.70 12-12-12-4.096/304.94

Q – Qualifying position. F – Finishing position (W, winner; RU, runner-up; 3-4, semifinal loser; 5-8, second round loser; 9-16, first round loser; DNQ, Did Not Qualify)
Pos – Position in NHRA Mello Yello points at conclusion of the event
Perf – Best individual elapsed time and speed of the event (underlining indicates best overall)

JOHN FORCE, 64, will compete this week for the 35th time at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville; for the eighth time as the NHRA points leader after winning the season-opening Circle K Winternationals and driving his Castrol GTX HIGH MILEAGE Ford Mustang to NHRA national records of 3.965 seconds and 324.12 miles per hour. He is a seven-time event champion but last won at the Gatornationals in 2001.

BRITTANY FORCE, 27, rides a wave of momentum into the Gatornationals after driving her Castrol EDGE Top Fuel dragster to the final round at the most recent event in the Mello Yello Series in Phoenix. The 2013 NHRA Rookie-of-the-Year is the first John Force Racing driver to reach the finals in a pro category other than Funny Car.

She presently is tied for fifth in driver points.

ROBERT HIGHT, 44, is second in Funny Car points to only boss and teammate John Force after driving his Auto Club Ford Mustang to the final round three weeks ago at Phoenix. The 2009 series champion started the year by becoming the eighth Funny Car driver to break the 4.00 second barrier (3.985 at Pomona, Calif.). He has won at least two races in each of his previous nine professional seasons.

COURTNEY FORCE, 25, the 2012 NHRA Rookie-of-the-Year, is seeking her first round win of the season after a slow start attributable, at least in part, to a new chassis beneath her Traxxas Ford Mustang. The former high school cheerleader is a three-time Mello Yello tour winner who has played a major role in determining the last two NHRA Funny Car championships.
On Track at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville
(A look at the track on which the 45th annual NHRA Amalie Gatornationals will be contested starting Friday)

Track history: Built in 1969 by Jim Raulerson, Gainesville Raceway became the permanent home of the Amalie Oil Gatornationals in 1970. The NHRA subsequently purchased the track and embarked upon a renovation following the 2003 Gatornationals that included extending the concrete launch pad to 675 feet and repaving the remainder of the track including the shutdown area. In 2007, the previous tower complex was demolished and a new state-of-the-art control tower and media center was constructed on the previous site. The track long has had a reputation as one of the best in the Mello Yello Series from a performance standpoint. It was the track on which drivers first broke the 260, 270 and 300 mile per hour barriers, the latter by Kenny Bernstein on March 20, 1992.

Track composition: Concrete launch pad with transition to asphalt at 675 feet.
Track direction: West to east
Track elevation: 167 feet above sea level
Track records: 4.026 seconds, 317.12 mph in Funny Car by Robert Hight, March 11, 2012; 3.743 seconds, 326.87 mph in Top Fuel by Morgan Lucas, March 11, 2012.

Flashback to . . . .
March 17, 1996

After qualifying fourth, John Force beats Kenji Okazaki, Mark Oswald and Cruz Pedregon before unloading low ET of the event at 4.999 seconds (the first sub-5.00 run in Gainesville Funny Car history) to dispatch Chuck Etchells in the final and secure his fifth consecutive Gatornationals victory. It’s a personal best for the 16-time Funny Car champion.

Traxxas Nitro Shootout
As he did two years ago, John Force claimed the first guaranteed starting spot in the Funny Car version of the Traxxas Nitro Shootout by winning the season-opening Circle K Winternationals at Pomona, Calif. He subsequently was joined by first time qualifier Alexis DeJoria on the strength of her win in the CARQUEST Nationals at Phoenix.

The eight-car event, contested in conjunction with the Labor Day weekend Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, Ind., will pay $100,000 to each of the two event winners. Force, who has won a record 11 special races including the Winston Invitational, Winston Showdown, Big Bud Shootout, Skoal Showdown and U.S. Smokeless Showdown, won the inaugural Traxxas Shootout in 2012.

The first seven starting positions in both Top Fuel and Funny Car will go to the first seven tour winners this season. The eighth spot, as it was in 2012 and 2013, will be determined by a fan vote and lottery.

Traxxas Nitro Shootout qualifiers as of March 15, 2014:

FUNNY CAR Qualifiers TOP FUEL Qualifiers
John Force, Castrol GTX Ford Mustang Khalid alBalooshi, Al-Anabi dragster
Alexis DeJoria, Patron Toyota Camry Antron Brown, Matco dragster

MELLO YELLO POINT STANDINGS (After two of 18 events leading up to the Countdown to 1 playoffs)
1. Doug Kalitta, Mac Tools dragster 191

2. Khalid alBalooshi, Al-Anabi dragster 165

3. Antron Brown, Matco Tools dragster 156

4. Steve Torrence, Capco Contractors dragster 155

5. Brittany Force, Castrol EDGE dragster 127

Spencer Massey, Schumacher Electric dragster 127

7. Shawn Langdon, Al-Anabi dragster 124

8. Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army dragster 92

9. Richie Crampton, GEICO dragster 84

10. David Grubnic, Optima Batteries dragster 84

1. John Force, Castrol GTX Ford 225

2. Robert Hight, Auto Club Ford 159

3. Alexis DeJoria, Tequila Patron Toyota 156

4. Tommy Johnson Jr., Make A Wish Dodge 136

5. Del Worsham, DHL Toyota 132

6. Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Dodge 129

7. Bob Tasca III, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 124

8. Jack Beckman, Valvoline Dodge 92

9. Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge 87

10. Tim Wilkerson, Levi, Ray and Shoup Ford 84


11. Cruz Pedregon, Snap-on Tools Toyota 69

12. Courtney Force, Traxxas Ford 67

TELEVISION (all on ESPN2, all times Eastern Daylight):
Qualifying highlights – Sunday, March 16, 1-3 a.m. and 7:30-9 a.m.
Race highlights – Sunday, March 16, 7-9 p.m.

JFR by the numbers
1 final round for John Force Racing in the Top Fuel division (388 in Funny Car).
5 consecutive No. 1 starts for John Force dating back to September, 2013.
6 different JFR winners at the Gatornationals (John Force, Tony Pedregon, Gary Densham, Robert Hight and Mike Neff in Funny Car; Ashley Ford Hood in Top Alcohol Dragster).
10 different opponents faced by John Force in Gatornationals final rounds.
27 seasons with at least one victory by John Force in a Castrol GTX Funny Car.
37 all-JFR Funny Car final rounds since 1996.
18 straight seasons with at least two tour victories for crew chief Jimmy Prock.
27 seasons with at least one NHRA tour victory for John Force.
40 number of different opponents John Force has defeated in final rounds.
162 team Funny Car victories in Ford Mustangs.
1800 rounds won by JFR Funny Cars in the last 19 seasons (1996-2014).

NEXT EVENTS (2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series):

March 28-30 15th annual SummitRacing.com Nationals Las Vegas
April 11-13 5th annual NHRA 4Wide Nationals Charlotte
April 25-27 27th annual O’Reilly SpringNationals Houston
May 16-18 34th annual Summit Southern Nationals Atlanta
May 23-25 26th annual Kansas Nationals Topeka
May 29-June 1 45th annual Toyota Summernationals Englishtown
June 13-15 14th annual Ford Thunder Valley Nationals Bristol
June 19-22 2nd annual Auto Plus New England Nationals Epping
June 26-19 17th annual O’Reilly Route 66 Nationals Chicago
July 18-20 35th annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals Denver
July 25-27 27th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals Sonoma
Aug. 1-3 27th annual O’Reilly Northwest Nationals Seattle
Aug. 14-17 33rd annual Lucas Oil Nationals Brainerd
Aug. 27-Sept. 1 60th annual Chevrolet U.S. Nationals Indianapolis

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship

Sept. 12-14 7th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals Charlotte
Sept. 18-21 29th annual AAA Texas Fall Nationals Dallas
Sept. 26-28 3rd annual AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals St. Louis
Oct. 2-5 30th annual Auto-Plus Nationals Reading
Oct. 30-Nov. 2 14th annual Toyota Nationals Las Vegas
Nov. 13-16 50th annual Auto Club World Finals Pomona

John Force Racing: we’ve got questions
Other than their employment at John Force Racing, what is the distinction shared by Austin Coil, Mike Neff and Jimmy Prock?
Answer: They are the only crew chiefs to have won NHRA Funny Car championships with two different drivers. Coil won with Frank Hawley (1982-83) and John Force; Neff with Gary Scelzi (2005) and John Force; Prock with Robert Hight (2009) and John Force.

They said it. (and they meant it, too!)
“That round win will definitely be a highlight of my season until we get that first (race) win. Tony Schumacher is awesome. He is the champ. He has beat my butt so many times, so I was happy to go out there and get the win. To win against him was awesome.” – BRITTANY FORCE, second year driver of the Castrol EDGE Top Fuel dragster after beating the seven-time champion en route to her first final round three weeks ago at Phoenix.

Most Seasons with at Least One Tour Victory
John Force 27
Richard Petty 23
Dale Earnhardt Sr. 20
A.J. Foyt 19
**Mario Andretti 15

*Includes wins in NASCAR, USAC and CART
**Includes wins in NASCAR, USAC, CART and Formula 1
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